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Scroggs and Rogers families correspondence, photographs, and other materials collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2021-202-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains various papers and materials from the Scroggs and Rogers families, ancestors of the donor, Kathy Hamilton. The dates of items include early nineteenth century and post-Civil War, First World War, and post-Second World War.

The subjects of this collection include, Brigadier General John A. Scroggs (Kathy Hamilton's great, great, great grandfather); Brigadier General Gustavus Adolphus Scroggs (great, great uncle); Dr. Burr M. Rogers, Sr. (grandfather); and Dr. Burr M. Rogers, Jr. (uncle).

Items of note in this collection are the material related to Brig. Gen. John A. Scroggs who served as a representative for the Pennsylvania State House, and Brig. Gen. Gustavus A. Scroggs who commanded the 25th United States Colored Infantry Regiment.

Total Inventory:
  • 9 correspondence
  • 9 photocopies of correspondence and other documents
  • 3 pages of photocopies of diary
  • 1 photocopy of newspaper clipping and photograph
  • 7 transcriptions
  • 22 photographs
  • 11 postcards
  • 1 book, African American Soldier in the Civil War
  • 2 pages of biography
  • 1 screenshot of newspaper clipping


  • Creation: 1826 January 7 - 2011
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1826 January 7 - 1947 May 29

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

This collection contains materials relating to the Scroggs family in the nineteenth century and two members of the Rogers family in the twentieth century. The Rogers family members are descendants of one of the Scroggs daughters. The Scroggs family traces its lineage to Sir William Scroggs, a "distinguished English lawyer and juris in the early part of the 17th century." (Obituary of Gustavus Adolphus Scroggs, The Buffalo Commercial, Buffalo, New York, January 24, 1887, pg. 3)

Brigadier General John Alexander Scroggs (4/14/1777 - 6/26/1844) was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and was married to Anna M. "Anny" Scroggs, daughter of John White of Mercer, PA. They married in Carlisle, PA on March 1, 1814 and had several children, including: Sidney Middleton (b. 1818), Gustavus Adolphus (8/11/1820 - 1/24/1887), Angeline Vergina (1823 - 1909), John Alexander, Jr. (b. 1825), Anna Maria (1828 - 1907), and Margaret June (1833 - 1851).

Anna Maria Scroggs married William Mitchell, and their granddaughter Marjorie Rogers née Smith (1895 - 1967) married Burr Rogers, Sr. (1891 - 1977). They had three children, including: Charlotte Louise Olson née Rogers, Virginia Rogers, and Burr Rogers, Jr.

The materials in this collection were created by Brig. Gen. John A. Scroggs, Brig. Gen. Gustavus A. Scroggs, Burr Rogers, Sr., and Burr Rogers, Jr. See indiviual series for detailed biographical information for each person.


0.125 Linear Feet (5 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence, photographs, and various papers and materials belonging to the Scroggs and Rogers families. The dates of the materials include the early nineteenth century, post-Civil War, the First World War, and post-Second World War.


This collection is arranged by creator, chronology, and material type.

  • Series 1, John A. Scroggs
  • Series 2, Gustavus A. Scroggs
  • Series 3, Burr M. Rogers, Sr.
  • Series 4, Burr M. Rogers, Jr.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Kathy Hamilton and Rogers family.

Finding Aid for the Scroggs and Rogers families correspondence, photographs, and other materials collection
Andrew Harman
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives, Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States